Trending The New Year From The Past

When I signed up for the New Year Blog Hop I wasn't exactly prepared. I just thought it was a fantastic idea created by Carrie Ann Ryan who organized this hop. It is so cool with many fantastic authors participating, and great prizes too. You'll find me under the link Trending The New Year From The Past. Yes, that sounds weird for a link to my blog. I put the title where the blog link should have been! It doesn't matter because here I am!

To talk about a most memorable new year's memory it has to be the January I won a coveted spot in a hard to get into creative writing workshop held by a well known author. I had to submit a short story, and it won me a spot! It was such a thrill. And I thought yeah, I'm there. I've got to be good to be one of the chosen few by this author. The dreams of becoming the next Nora (Roberts) filled my head. 

It's funny  how aspiring authors have so much to learn about writing and crafting stories, the industry and becoming published.That was several years ago. Since then, I've learned. It's not so easy to get through those doors. It takes work and luck and then more work. Since I've always worked hard on the crafting  aspect, the most important thing I learned was how the industry changes constantly.

I believe the most important changing trend today is the advent and rise of digital publishing. And with it, many authors that couldn't find a place are publishing and are here to stay! The trends say it is a great time for authors and for the publishing industry in general.  

As for me, well I have several lofty writing/publishing goals for 2012.  But unlike the younger me, I now look at this industry with a more realistic eye. Here's hoping we all achieve our goals as we trend into the new year, and that we have learned much from the past. 

Happy New Year! Continue on with this fabulous blog hop where many prizes await you if you leave comments on the participants blogs. I'll have a special giveaway on my blog too. Just leave a comment to be in the running here.

Go to Carrie's Blog first, and from there you can access all the blogs in this New Year Blog Hop! The grand prize is a Kindle Fire! Oh and the next prize is an $80 gift certificate! So go out and have fun hopping!



Miho Li said...

Thank you for sharing your memory :) It does take a lot of hard work to make it in this industry, but that's why it's so rewarding!

Happy new year!

mihoxli at gmail dot com

Teressa Oliver said...

Thanks for the giveaway and sharing your memeory. Mine is when I was in the Navy and we had a huge party before we shipped out to Iraq
teressaoliver at gmail dot com

Kathryn said...

The digital age is allowing more authors to reach out to an audience, and I love that! My goal this year is to start writing, anything, everything, but to just write! :) richnkathy718 (at) msn (dot) com

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Happy new year! And we can totally rock out 2012! It's going to be awesome

Victoria Adams said...

Hope you lofty writing and publishing goals for 2012 are met.

Amber Skyze said...

If only I knew then what I know now about the publishing world. I wonder if I'd still pursue this as a career! ;)

Happy New Year.

DBookWhore said...

Some of my favorite authors are self published.. I would have never heard of them if it had not been for digital publishing.. Its odd that so much talent didn't find a place in the publishing world.. but some not so great talent does.. I still enjoy both thought published and self published!! Happy New Year!!


A.R. Norris said...

Great post Kaye! I hope all your goals are met.

Allison Merritt said...

Hi Kaye, a fellow hopper here. Your memory is awesome! I hope you learned lots from the experience.

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Thanks For sharing Kaye! Loved the post. Glad you stopped by the blog over yonder, too. :-)

Happy writing and hopping!

Leah St. James said...

That is one for the memory books, Kaye! And you're so right. It takes a whole multitude of things happening to succeed as an author: skill, determination, luck, and lots and lots of hard work. The new digital world is changing around us, giving us even more to learn and conquer. Here's wishing you get all you dream for in 2012!

Jennifer J Saracino said...

Any new year spent with family or friends is the best. ones without resolutions are just cake.
wocaworld @ gmail.com

savannah said...

Thanks for sharing mine from
2005 its the day me and my husband started dating now its 7 years later we are married and have 2 amazing kids!

thanks for the chance to win!

Jean P said...

Great post, wishing you continued success in 2012.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Vojalyn said...

Thanks for sharing it with us! I usually have great time at new year's eve, and I remember of my best one: it was when I stayed up with my first boyfriend who kissed my for the very first time at midnight :) It's a nice memory :)

Happy new year!

Sherry said...

I enjoyed your post. Good luck with your writing.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

Cathy M said...

Hope this is a wonderful year for you, Kaye.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

June M. said...

I definitely would agree with it taking hard work and luck. I would also add talent. I am thankful for the wonderful authors who have the talent (cause I don't, lol).
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing your memory, Kaye! As a reader, I'm amazed at what you authors have to go through to get published. I am so grateful that it is becoming much more accepted to self publish now. My reading experience has been enriched by so many independent authors because of this!

Thank you for participating in this hop! I hope 2012 brings you every success and happiness that you deserve =)

Gena Robertson

VampedChik said...

Well my birthdays New Years eve so I could tell tons of stories from that! LOL But one of my most memorable would probably have to be last year just for how funny it was. My friend was 9months pregnant. Due any time and she decided that she wanted to play 'Just Dance' on my wii. So she seriously got into it. It was insane watching her dance with her big belly. I have it on video. Probably the funniest thing I've ever seen. :) Thanks!

Reading mind said...

Thanks for sharing your story! I'm pursuing a career in the publish industry in my country (not as a writer, though) and I know it's tough!

aliasgirl at libero dot it

snulfers said...

Happy New Years! Thanks for doing the hop.
snulfers at hotmail dot com

K33p3rofViolence said...

Thanks for the giveaway and sharing your holiday memory!


Joanne said...

Thanks for sharing the memory. My memory is when my grandparents bought a new color television. We had never had one. It was great. We watched Guy Lombardo.


BookAttict said...

Thanks for the giveaway and have a Happy New Year!

elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Maria said...

I think it's great that a lot of authors are getting a chance to get their work out there because of digital publishing. Thanks for sharing your memory.

Happy New Year and Thanks for the giveaway

ringpop2010 at gmail dot com

Heather Cox said...

thank you so much for being part of this giveaway!!! Happy New Year!

yankeedragon4 at gmail dotcom

shadow_kohler said...

This new years was my favorite. My family stayed home and watched movies. We had tons of fun! We ate snacks and toasted the new year. It was great! Thank you for sharing! Happy new year!

geschumann said...

I love to hang with the family & play cards. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

geschumann at live dot com

Meagan B said...

My mom would make shirley temples and snacks for new years eve celebration- loved it!


CherryBlossomRain said...

Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway :)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for being part of the blog hop! Happy New Year!

mnjcarter said...

Great memory, thanks for sharing! I truly appreciate all the hard work you and other authors put in. Reading is so enjoyable for me, I'm addicted to it!


Jessica Subject said...

All the best in reaching your 2012 writing goals! :)

mcv said...

I wish you and your fellow author on this blog hop much success in 2012. I'm a reader, not a writer. I could never do all you guys do.
Happy 2012! mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

Anne R said...

Thanks for sharing the memory!
My favorite NYE memory is the one I spend with my now husband. We went out with my best friend and her (then) husband. It was horrible. They fought the whole night but at one point during all that craziness he leaned over and told me that he loved me.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

areeths at new dot rr dot com

Catherine Lee said...
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Catherine Lee said...

How nice that your best New Years memory is a professional one...very intimidating for us slackers!

Happy New Year,


elaing8 said...

Thanks for sharing your memory

latishajean said...

Thanks for sharing your memory :) Thank you so much for taking part in this fun Blog Hop! Great giveaway and Happy New Year Too you!
Latisha D
tishajean@ charter.net

Tracy Riviera said...

My favorite New Year's memory is when I was around 7 year's old and my best friend and I stayed up through the New Year all the way up until around 4am. We were the happiest 7 year old's ever! Our parents were too wasted to even notice! lol



Barbara said...

We usually spend the evening inside with family and friends, lots of good eats...playing cards (poker) and listening to music until the ball's about to drop. Then the wine is poured, toasts made, kisses shared...and then the party usually continues for a little while longer. Those that drank a little too much, or came without a designated driver snuggle in for the night...that's just how we play. Better safe than sorry. :) Happy 2012!


Donna said...

Favorite memory is playing cards and drinking Irish Coffee's after midnight

jeanette8042 said...

My favorite new years was when I had a fun and crazy party with friends last year, the champagne was literally flowing everywhere since one of my friends tried to make a champagne fountain but it turned into a river instead!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway and sharing your memory.


brbalways said...

Best wishes in 2012!!


SiNn said...

ty for sharing ur memory and the give away ur a new to me author writting you down for my wish list too


nenssa said...

Best wishes for 2012! Goodluck and I hope you and yours have a wonderful and safe new year. :] n.dematos@gmail.com

Kim S. said...

Happy New Year to you and yours!

thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

Eva's Flowers said...

I haven't had any memorable NYE, but they have been fun all the same because I have spent them with my family...just watching tv, eating snacks and playing...oh and maybe a drink or two ;)


Renald said...

Thanks for the contest

Mary Keith - Keith Publications, LLC said...

My best NYE - We had a party for our friends and family. We could see the high school fireworks from our backyard. We all had a great time being together. Almost all the food was gone and the drinks...well there weren't any left..lol Those who needed to spend the night found a piece of floor and blankets and we had breakfast the next morning...some not so much LOL

Great Blog Hop. Hope you will blog at KP sometime.

Mary Keith

Bull Protettore said...

Great idea and great promotion. All the best for 2012.

Theres just life said...

Love all the stories I am finding.

Pamela Jo

tammy ramey said...

thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.
my favorite memory is the year my husband asked me to marry him.

tammy ramey

Pippa Jay said...

Congrats on your achievements! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

orelukjp0 said...

Thank you for the wonderful contest.

I hope you have a very prosperous New Year.

orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

BBL said...

My favorite new year's eve memory is from my childhood, when my parents took my sister and me to the capital just to see the firework. I was so happy - I hadn't traveled that much before and we all liked it.
Thanks for the giveaway and happy new year!

Melisse Aires said...

Publishing seems to get crazier every year. Hopefully as readers turn to digital, they start finding the niche markets they love--and find SFR. :)

Kaye Manro said...

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by for the New Year's Blog Hop! It's been great fun reading all of your favorite memories. As promised I will choose my own winner from this blog post as a thank you for participating in the hop. I'll announce the winner in January 8th.